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Android 4.4 tweak puts the battery percentage in the status bar

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Android 4.4 tweak puts the battery percentage in the status bar
It looks like Google has been playing around with the idea of putting the battery percentage in the same battery indicator icon that you'll find in your device's status bar. The good folks over at XDA have found a way to pretty easily tweak a setting in Android 4.4 KitKat that will put the battery percentage number inside the battery indicator.

There is the (relatively) difficult way to tweak the settings, which involves pushing some commands over to your device over ADB. Many Nexus 5 users likely wouldn't have an issue doing that, but most casual consumers might be put off by having to install the Android developer tools and using the command line to tweak settings. Luckily, there is also a much easier way to tweak the setting: with an app. 

All you'd have to do is install the app, run it, reboot your device, and you're done. You can even uninstall the app after that because it is tweaking a setting within the system and the the app is unnecessary after that. The only downside to the tweak is that the battery percentage is hard-coded to be white... on a white battery meter. So, it can be kind of useless until you get past 50%. The color could theoretically be changed, but a tweak like that would cause future OTA updates to fail, so it's not worth the effort for now.

If you want to give it a try, the APK links are at the source.

source: XDA via pocketnow

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posted on 11 Nov 2013, 20:36 5

1. datsyuk (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

Always forget that feature isn't there since I always flash ROMs but so crazy it hasn't been introduced yet!

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 20:47 1

2. Magenta (Posts: 17; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

If you use an app such as Battery Doctor (Battery Saver), it also displays the correct percentage of your battery level.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:11 2

3. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

But I like the battery circle better

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 22:59

6. ilia1986 (unregistered)

Aye, the circle is awesome. :)

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:45

4. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

The apk is not actually loading up at all, saying that it is a prasing error when I try to install the apk from the website onto my phone through the website. Anyone has a stable apk file that works?

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 21:55

5. SiiLo (unregistered)

It might just be a bad download. I get those all the time trying to download directly from my phone. Try it again, if that doesn't work just download it from a computer.

posted on 11 Nov 2013, 23:06

7. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


posted on 12 Nov 2013, 00:10

8. GeekMovement (unregistered)

It'd be nice to have an option to check battery temperature as well so I can ditch my third party battery app.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 02:19 2

9. Cyan3boN (Posts: 446; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

49 to 28 in just half an hour !!!!!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 02:40

10. andynaija (Posts: 985; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

I noticed it as well!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 12:57

15. _PHug_ (Posts: 463; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Yeah the battery life on the Nexus 5 & 4 is horrendous.

I'm sure there will be some blind homer jumping in here soon to claim it lasts 2 days of heavy usage.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 08:13

11. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)

Finally, I can´t believe that it took Google so long, xda has this feature for as long as I can remember :). Also there aren´t any alternatives like in xda, you have massive amounts of choices for the battery icon, so again i will have to root the phone just to get features that should have been there :(. I think that google should implement all of the best xda features into stock android, just imagine that, if Google would do that the gap between Android - IOS ----- WP would suddenly get so much wider. And ofcourse don´t forget the "xda optimization".

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 09:17

12. LikeMyself (Posts: 460; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)

Don't like showing battery percentage as I become paranoia of my battery! Simple blue or white battery icon still the coolest!

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:21

13. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

All of my Samsung devices already show the battery, so I'm all set.

posted on 12 Nov 2013, 10:22

14. W.P._Android_in_that_Order (Posts: 208; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

And for my Nexus device, I use the app called 'battery'

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